Army Corp of Engineers targets staff reductions on First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fewer federal dollars combined with fewer projects has the Army Corps of Engineers finalizing plans to downsize its Florida operations headquartered on the First Coast.

Locally, 550 people are employed by the Corps of Engineers, which has offices on the Southbank.

"So far no one has transitioned out yet ... we have people who are looking at retirement," said Colonel Alan Dodd, who oversees the Florida district.

The corps, through retirement and early retirement incentives, is looking to trim staff by 188 people over the next two years. That roughly translates into one out of every four positions.

A hiring freeze is already in place for the government agency that handles public works projects like beach re-nourishment and dredging work done at ports.

The Savannah district has already been through the process, eliminating 400 positions from a workforce of 1,100.

The voluntary reductions are expected to deliver a final number staff number of 692 for Florida. The other option is a "reduction in force" approach that would not give employees options.


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